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Help! How to do system restore in XP w/o CD?

By tttcomrader ·
I have a laptop with XP Professional, but I had ran into some problem recently, I don't know how to fix it. I want to erase everything completely and start from the beginning, however, I do not know how to do that without the System Restore CD, in which I do not have. Please help!

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Hmm...

by Garion11 In reply to Help! How to do system r ...

Several ways. You can call the manufacturer of the Laptop (say its Dell or Compaq) and ask them to ship you a system restore disk. I'd venture to guess all you have to give them is the Serial number or Service tag and they should pull up your information.

Another way is to buy the full version of Windows XP and reinstall everything.

Third way is if its an office/company owned laptop, ask your IT guy what the procedure/process is.

Make sure you do a backup first of all your personal files (if they are still accessible).

Good luck.

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What is the procedure to recovery?

by tttcomrader In reply to Hmm...

First, if I reinstall everything, will that erase everything and start from the beginning?

Second, what is the procedure/process to do system recovery manually?

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Procedure

by Garion11 In reply to What is the procedure to ...

First of I need more information such as what exactly is the problem that you are experiencing? Give me the symptoms, What is the OS doing? what can't you do? what are you able to do? How far into the OS loading can you get to?

There are 2 ways to do this. You can just reinstall windows into the same directory and that might help you to gain access to the desktop. You can also try the recovery console (but ya gotta know the administrator password). And even then the recovery console is limited. You can also try safe mode or LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIGURATION (Press F8 right after the BIOS/POST splash screen disappears and before the Windows XP Professional spalsh screen appears for those above options).

The other final option is reinstalling the OS by completely wiping off the partition. If you go that route, you will never be able to recover anything. Its like fresh brand new installation. But thats like a last step and before you go that step, tell me the exact nature of the problem. There might be better alternatives than system recovery.

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System recovery

by tttcomrader In reply to Procedure

Well, I can get into the desktop just fine, however, when I try to connect to the internet, it froze up, or it is just really slow. But the computer can detect internet, and it is online.

I would really want to learn about the final option, reinstalling the OS by wiping off the partitio. I have back up files already, so it doesn't matter if I wipe them off. Please give me the instructions, thank you very much.

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Well you need the CD, LOL

by Garion11 In reply to System recovery

"I would really want to learn about the final option, reinstalling the OS by wiping off the partitio. I have back up files already, so it doesn't matter if I wipe them off. Please give me the instructions, thank you very much."

You need the XP CD for this, lol. To reinstall the OS anyways. But the problem you described doesn't have to have the drastic measure of reinstalling the OS.

You didn't steal the laptop did you?

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I have the XP CD

by tttcomrader In reply to Well you need the CD, LOL

I have the XP cd, but not system recovery one.

I don't really know what the problem my computer is having, all I know is, whenever I use any kind of program that relates with internet, for example, AIM, MSN messenger, Outlook, or IE, they just won't work at all, in IE, it says it is opening the webpage, but the page cannot be loaded up, it just frozen in there.

I'm think it is easier if I just erase everything and start from the beginning.

Please help.

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recovery or a simple restore?

by ITgirli In reply to I have the XP CD

If you just want to restore it from a previous point that it was working, just go to Programs>Accessories>system tools>backup and select the recover tool. Make sure it's set to keep all data.

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